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Holiday Favorites Week 9 “Family Traditions” Winner

2 Comments | Written on December 14, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

It’s official – we have a Better Recipes rock star in our midst!  You might remember Lisa Speer as the winner of week 3 in our “Easy Weeknight Meals” contest.  This talented cook has done it again, and her Maple-Glazed Chicken with Holiday Chutney has won her another place in the winner’s circle!

I can certainly see why this recipe caught the judges eyes.  It is festive, colorful and absolutely delicious!  This dish is easy to prepare but is something that will impress your holiday guests.  Check it out!

“I wanted to create a fruit chutney that I could serve warm with chicken or pork during the holiday season. Keeping in mind ingredients that would look and taste festive I came up with this one – a warm chutney made with apples, cranberries and raisins, spiced with fresh ginger. Since I use the maple-glaze on poultry in the winter months to make it extra special, it seemed like the perfect combination!”



2 cups peeled, cored and chopped baking apples
1-1/3 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup


Combine chutney ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm. Season chicken moderately on both sides with salt and pepper. Combine oil and butter in large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden and almost cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add vinegar and syrup to skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; stirring constantly. Continue to stir 1 minute. Return chicken to skillet, cook 1 minute on each side, or until cooked through. Serve chicken topped with warm chutney.  Serves 4.

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